In a recent article by Mark Rippetoe on T-nation (we don't put T-rag links here so just do a search for "Are You Ignorant When it Comes to the Deadlift?" and you'll get the article) he opened his article with:
It's not always apparent, and is often poorly understood. Stated succinctly, stupid is not your fault – you were born that way. You're just dumb. You can't learn.
Wow….I have no words….
Take the deadlift, for example. It's the most basic, obvious movement in barbell training, the one with the most carryover to everyday tasks and the easiest to learn of all the basic exercises.
I don't see how Deadlifts carry over to everyday life…I have worked two very different jobs: one was sitting at a desk all day and the other involves me meeting a lot of people.
How does doing DEADLIFTS carry over to anything? If a drop anything - anything it is small and nowhere close to 500 lbs.
This is one of those "Deadlifts are a functional exercise" statements…
And sorry to rant but how in the world is Deadlifting something easy to learn?
In his article, Ripp talks about Deadlifting from the standpoint of someone doing a Vertical Jump. Remember Eric's recent article on Deadlifts? It's here (will open in a new tab): Should I Push or Pull for Deadlifts?
This is related to Ripp's approach of pushing against the floor….
I'll let you guys read some of the article before I post more…it's not that bad…atleast he acknowledges later that Deadlifts aren't functional but he then goes on to break it down into muscle groups:
This isn't "functional" – no sane, responsible person picks up a heavy object by bouncing it off the floor because that might break something. An informed person knows that if you don't use a muscle, you won't train that muscle. Common sense dictates this fact, and no particular intelligence is required to arrive at this conclusion.
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